On Friday, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Subway Cinema, in association with the Japan Society, announced the lineup for this summer’s New York Asian Film Festival, set to open on June 27 with the international premiere of Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s crime thriller Overheard 3. Running through July 14, NYAFF 2014 will boast 60 features, and the FSLC’s Brian Brooks has synopses for all of them, including the Centerpiece, Umin Boya’s period baseball epic Kano, and the closing-night feature, Park Chan-kyung’s Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits, “a thought-provoking mystical journey into the psyche of Korea and its modern history through the life story of Korea’s most famous living shaman, Kim Keum-hwa.”
Overlapping with NYAFF for a few days will be Japan Cuts, “North America’s biggest festival of new Japanese film.” 27 features, including “the best of recent action epics, genre oddities, touching dramas, warped comedies and cutting-edge arthouse cinema,” will screen between July 10 and 20.
Back to the FSLC for a moment because Time Regained: The Films of Lav Diaz, “the most complete American retrospective of Diaz‘s filmography to date,” will open on June 20 with a week-long run of Norte, the End of History and then carry on from August through February 2015 with one screening per month.
Director and producer Marin Karmitz, founder of French distributor MK2, has been given Carte Blanche at MoMA. His selections screen from tomorrow through June 23 and, at the L, Aaron Cutler recommends Karmitz’s Coup pour coup (1972), while Samantha Vacca and John Oursler suggest Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors: Red (1994) and Three Colors: White (1994).
Marc Bauder’s Master of the Universe opens for a week-long run at Anthology Film Archives on Friday. The doc focuses former investment banker Rainer Voss as he talks “in an empty building in Frankfurt left abandoned after a failed merger of two banks,” notes Steve Erickson at Gay City News. “This is an intensely pessimistic film, but has much happened to the banking industry since the 2008 recession to make one think it shouldn’t be?” More from Alan Scherstuhl in the Voice.
In the Bay Guardian, Dennis Harvey previews San Francisco‘s DocFest, opening tomorrow and running through June 19: “For 13 years it’s managed to emphasize the entertaining and eccentric over grim reportage.”
“Having had the privilege of seeing the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul in several different contexts (New York, Kassel, and even Bangkok), none have resonated with me so strongly and strangely as that of Mexico; how peculiarly apropos to see his new film in Mexico City.” Chris Sharp for Art Agenda: “Shown among a furtive constellation of shorter and spatially slighter projections as well as a selection of lightbox photographs, Fireworks (Archives) (2014), the first part of a forthcoming trilogy of films, is clearly the main attraction of the Thai filmmaker and artist’s first solo outing at kurimanzutto.” On view through June 14.
The program for the the 68th Edinburgh International Film Festival (June 18 through 29)—156 features from 47 countries—is now available. Variety‘s Leo Barraclough notes that highlights include Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York and “the world premiere of Castles in the Sky from Gillies MacKinnon, the story of the Scottish engineer and developer of radar Robert Watson-Watt (played by Eddie Izzard). The film is one of the contenders for the Michael Powell Award for British films.” At Little White Lies, Tim Hayes picks out ten titles to highlight.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (July 4 through 12) has announced the lineup for its 49th edition. The main competition includes seven world and five international premieres, including two Czech films as well as György Pálfi’s Free Fall, “a sad and grotesque look at contemporary society. Through seven stories, Pálfi presents an alarming report on the state of humanity using his typical provocativeness and boundless imagination.”
Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant, John Woo and Jackie Chan, Sally Potter and Lone Scherfig are among the many, many names set to attend the Shanghai International Film Festival (June 14 through 22). Patrick Frater has the highlights from the lineup at Variety.